The ‘Shadow’ leaves its mark in an exhibition of the SGAE in homage to Spanish fantastic cinema

MADRID (EFE). the mask of The orphanagefanzines of Mutant ActionChicho Ibáñez Serrador’s typewriter or Jesús Franco’s camera are some of the objects gathered in the exhibition ‘Your favorite terrors’ inaugurated this Thursday in the headquarters of the SGAE in Madrid.

Organized in collaboration with the festivals of Sitges and the European Fantastic Film Festival of Murcia, Sombrathe exhibition has had the collaboration of directors and actresses of Spanish fantastic cinema such as Paul Urkijo, Mar Targarona, Jaume Balagueró, Lone Fleming or Silvia Tortosa who have chosen the films represented in it. She has participated in the inauguration, too, the director of Shadow, Javier Garcia.

The residence (1969) and Who can kill a child (1976), by Ibáñez Serrador; The night of blind terror (1972), by Amando de Ossorio; Do not desecrate the sleep of the dead (1974) by Jorge Grau; Panic on the Trans-Siberian (1972), by Eugenio Martín; either the vampires (1971), by Jesús Franco are some of the selected titles that cover a time span of seven decades.

“Spain, apart from having a tradition of mixing mythologies, for all the cultures that have passed through here, at a sociocultural and religious level, it has gone through very dark times, Gothic, Flemish, Goya’s black paintings, the Inquisition. . there is a great dark compendium that we can drink from to get horror stories, “said Paul Urkijo.

Your favorite movie is The Day of the Beast (1995), by Álex de la Iglesia, who would eventually become the producer of his feature debut, Errementari: the blacksmith and the devil (2017). “I saw it when I was thirteen years old and my head exploded, that dark atmosphere of Madrid, satanic and at the same time the black humor and that underground heavy world, for me it was a before and after and it pushed me to want to make movies”, she assures .

Lone Fleming, star of the Spanish fanterror of the 70s, chooses The night of blind terror (1972), by Amando de Ossorio. “It is the film that has meant the most to me, it became a cult work and thanks to it I have fans all over the world,” he says next to a figure of a Templar that was used in the film.

For Denise Castro, one of the few female horror directors, the favorite is the vampires of Jesus Franco. “Because he was an irreverent rebel and a great artist who lived shooting,” he explains, “plus vampires are very present both in his filmography and in mine.” the vampires is a very loose adaptation of the Dracula story. “He made it with female protagonists, with a lot of sunlight, in a chalet on the beach,” describes Castro, who made his own version of him in 2017 ironically called Dracula by Denise Castro.

“We like to have fun and get out of real life, in Spain very good people have come out who are capable of creating different worlds, it is visible in this exhibition, but there are many more,” says Castro.

The exhibition can be seen until September 30 and it is framed in a month that the SGAE wants to dedicate to vindicate the Spanish audiovisual, according to its president, Antonio Onetti. “For us, fantasy and horror cinema is one of the most interesting genres of recent decades, we wanted to pay this small tribute to those creators and to a cinema that goes directly to emotion, to sensation, very primary”.

The ‘Shadow’ leaves its mark in an exhibition of the SGAE in homage to Spanish fantastic cinema